The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults

1st Edition

Heidi Hansson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Anka Ryall

Published February 17, 2020
Reference - 238 Pages
ISBN 9780367360801 - CAT# 324049
Series: Children's Literature and Culture


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As a setting for juvenile literature, the Arctic has traditionally been a space for adventure, the exotic and the fantastic. More recent works have used the Arctic setting to explore a dystopian future, often related to climate change. The aim of the present volume is to examine themes in Arctic juvenile fiction from the early nineteenth century until today. The deceptive image of the Arctic as geographically uniform seems to promise a cultural coherence, but the collection illustrates the diversity of Arctic literature by critically discussing and comparing works written by visitors and settlers as well as by indigenous peoples. The chapters combine macro- and micro-perspectives to interrogate and illuminate the role of Arctic literature for young readers in creating, maintaining and increasingly challenging Arctic myths and motifs.

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